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Shallotte To Charge Beauty
Queens To Appear In
Annua! Christmas Parade
BY SUSAN USHER
It may provoke a few references
to Scrooge, but starting this holiday
season, beauty pageant queens will
pay an entry fee to appeal in
Shallotte's annual Christmas parade,
unless riding on a commercial float.
Faced with higher parade costs
and declining revenue, town alder
men voted 3-2 at their Sept. 7 meet
ing to charge the queens an entry fee
rather than go up on the fees
charged commercial entries or
floats. The fee adopted is identical
to that charged queens to participate
in the Southport-Oak Island Cham
ber of Commerce Christmas Festival
Parade, which is also held the first
Saturday in December.
Mayor Sarah Tripp said she didn't
anticipate it being a problem for the
queens, "because most of them have
Each queen will be pay a $25 reg
istration fee and provide her own car,
banner and driver. The rules also set a
cap of 25 on the number of queens
that will be accepted in the parade.
Last year approximately 20 partici
pated, according to town hall secre
tary Phoebe McLean, who is coordi
nating the parade. She said queens
who ride on commercial floats would
not be charged since sponsors pay
entry fees for the floats.
Aldermen Wilton Harrelson and
Paul Wayne Reeves were against the
"! think this would he a big mis
take," said Harrelson. He reminded
feilow board members that some
beauty queens receive appearance
In her opening comments, Mc
Lean told the board, "At the rate
we're going, sooner or later there
won't be a Christmas parade. Each
year I'm operating on less."
McLean said most towns are
faced with this problem because
their local chamber of commerce
handles the Christmas parade.
Now coordinated by town em
ployees, for many years the parade
was organized by a committee of
volunteers who solicited entries.
Money raised from commercial
entry fees and floats is used to help
cover parade expenses. Some of
those expenses include contributions
of up to $200 each for Shriner units
to help cover travel-related expens
es, with the local Sudan Thunder
bolts receiving $50 as the hometown
unit; $50 each to cover transporta
tion costs for participating bands;
$50 for Santa Claus; $200 for news
paper advertising; $175 per float for
15 floats ($2,625); and candy. This
year the town may reserve fewer
floats, McLean said, because the fee
will increase to $190 each.
The town at one time also provid
ed a meal for the Shriners, but has
since eliminated that, said Mayor
Fees for parade entries include
$225 for a full float or $150 each if
split by two businesses; $35 for indi
vidual commercial entries; and new
this year, the $25 fee for a beauty
queen. Churches, civic groups and
other not-for-profit organizations
may enter at no charge.
Entries are being accepted
through Friday, Nov. 26.
In other business, aldermen:
?Delayed a release due Portent Inc.
for taxes for the years 1990, 1991
and 1992 for a parcel that had been
sold to someone else, saying they
didn't know if the new owner had
been identified for tax purposes.
?Ended Michael Ferster's proba
tionary employment as a police offi
cer. Chief Rodney Gause had rec
ommended probation not be extend
ed a second time.
Also on Sept. 7, the town's Board
of Adjustment voted unanimously to
grant a lot size variance requested
by Bobby Long and Albert Hughes
for H & L subdivision on N.C. 130
east, saying that compliance with the
lot size requirement would create a
hardship. The variance had been rec
ommended by the town planning
School Board Passes Personnel List
Brunswick County Board of Education members
Monday night approved a long list of teachers and other
employees hired in the weeks before fall classes began.
Among other actions, they filled the vacant assistant
principal's post at West Brunswick High and vacated the
same position at North Brunswick High. (See related
story this issue.)
The personnel list, as amended, was approved on a
4-1 vote, with District 5 Board member Yvonne Bright
voting against it. "I just didn't approve of it," she said
Teachers hired include these, by school:
?Union Elementary: Dawn Dill, Wilmington, spe
?Supply Elementary: Judy Auman, Bolivia, Chapter
1 parent educator; Gail Coles, Yaupon Beach, interim
?West Brunswick: Arthur Clessuras, Ocean Isle
?Waccamaw Elementary: Melanie Champion,
Hoiden Beach, physical education.
?South Middle: Kristyn Bahr, Wilmington, and Peg
gy Reeves, Ocean Isle Beach, middle grades.
?Lincoln: Nona Baker, Leland, Reading Recovery;
Sheila Hardison, Wilmington, elementary; Kimberly
Keating, Wilmington, Chapter I Pre-K; Teresa Brandon,
Wilmington, speech-language specialist.
?Leland Middle: Deborah Stapperfenne, Wilming
ton, special education; SuAnn Burton, Castle Hayne,
and Bruce Young, Wrightsville Beach, middle grades.
?North Brunswick: Myra Harris, Wilmington, inter
im extended day English, 60 percent; Southport Elemen
tary: Heather Nelson. Wilmington, and Katherine Woot
en. Boiling Spring Lakes, elementary; Brookelyn El
more, Greensboro, special education.
?South Brunswick High: Aleta Ross, Wilmington,
?Bolivia Elementary: Mary Nash, Southport, ele
mentary; Amy Taylor, Wilmington, special education;
Paige Hartgrove, Wilmington, 50 percent special educa
tion; Helen Laugisch, Supply, interim elementary;
?Heather Smith, Ocean Isle Beach, Chapter I Pre-K
home-based, Waccamaw, Bolivia and Supply elementary.
Also hired were Glen Dowe, seven-hour custodian,
Leland Middle; Wanda Marlowe, BEH teacher assistant,
Supply Elementary; Garry Hill, Willie M. special educa
tion teacher assistant, Shallotte Middle; Linda Bullard,
head custodian, and Mark Williamson, interim 6-hour
custodian, Supply Elementary; Susan Gore, interim
teacher assistant, Waccamaw Elementary; Gina Gore,
teacher assistant. Union Elementary; Gwendolyn Burck
ley, interim school secretary, Shallotte Middle; Elizabeth
Osiek, interim teacher assistant, Southport Elementary.
Resignations were accepted from Southport Ele
mentary guidance counselor Linda Wallace and Pupil
Personnel and Support Services Director Judith Bab
cock, whose last day was Monday. Babcock accepted an
assistant superintendency in another state. Also resign
ing were Nolie McDonald, cafeteria assistant, Shallotte
Middle; and Lula Jones, custodian, Lincoln Primary.
Retirements were approved for Geraldine Tobias of
Wilmington, a middle grades teacher at South Bruns
wick Middle; Carol Roycroft of Shallotte, an elementary
teacher at Union Elementary; Mary McCoy, teacher as
sistant, Bolivia Elementary; and Willie Webster, plum
ber, maintenance department.
Charles Alexander and Johnsie Gore were granted
leave for the 1993-94 school term. Short-term leave was
approved for Ellen Bulak, teacher assistant, Union.
Foster McKoy, Lincoln Primary head custodian, was ap
proved for short-term disability.
Harold Johnson declined the JTPA remediation
teacher post offered earlier.
Gloria Williams of Wilmington, a teacher of the
hearing impaired, was transferred from Lincoln Primary
to Leland Middle; and Laura Beasley of Wilmington
from Southport Elementary to Lincoln Primary.
Other transfers include Patricia Mims, central office
secretary to interim administrative assistant, Bolivia
Elementary; Sheila Huskins, teacher assistant, from
Union to Supply Elementary; Kenneth White, special
education teacher assistant, South Brunswick High, to
in-school suspension teacher assistant, South Brunswick
Middle; Joseph White, JTPA remediation teacher assis
tant, central office, to special education teacher assistant,
South Brunswick High; Lori Varnum, Chapter I comput
er specialist/records clerk to Chapter 1 secretary, central
office; Joyce Cox, media assistant to teacher assistant,
Ten substitute teachers were approved.
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finding their way about maze of buildings and offices. Maintenance technicians (from left) Dwayne
Whitley and Dennis Hewett last Thursday were mounting a directory sign created by Steve Kandone,
GIS manager. A pull-over will accommodate those who need to stop and check the map. Other direc
tional signs on the grounds are being updated.
Barbara Rhodes, sponsored by the Benedict Foundation, teaches residents in the Adult Learners
Class at Cardinal Care basic reading, writing and math skills. Through this class residents learn to
take a more active role in their lives and are better informed about their community and the world.
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